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Old 08-18-2015, 08:37 PM   #1
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midori - binary blob in script waf - gnomish webkit alternative to firefox

i'm looking into waf today wondering if the following in the waf python script is a trojan horse - to ask anyone if they can figure out what the blob is...

FILE: waf (see bottom of file, shipped in midori)
(continues for some time many k, is obviously an obscured ?binary?)

checked tried google could not find anything about it. it might be .waf-2#$&@09840298/t.bz2 but if it is that's a braindead thing to scare people with. but hey it MAY NOT BE - and also it's not just a "build tool", apparently it supports networking.

when i compile with make/automake i KNOW make is not phoning home because make doesn't even use "#include <ip.h>" or what. what do i know about complex python stripts of which how much of might be blobs, using python: which does networking totally unprotect in manner?

browser woes: this is getting stupid

i'm looking at LFS seeing libsoup is a gnome depends and midori requires a huge number of other gnome depends - the whole gnome networking stack and also all gnome HTML support libs

(in other words - it requires epiphany to run, and has same depends. i can only assume then it is a different "main frame window" is all ?)

i'm also prodding at qupzilla wondering if Qt qt-everywhere-opensource-src-4.7.4.tar.gz (220 MB source - could mean problems) would be a safer bet. i still use _really old ffmpeg libs and am almost afraid to upgrade to gstreamer

(why? i have an mpeg chip in my video card: that's what "multi-media approved" meant in 1990's: smooth perfect hardware supported. but they stopped supporting all those cards and still refuse to give up the drivers. i still can't use my opengl due to that: it's all in silicon but they are holding my driver hostage. if i upgrade to a "new" lib - it will likely try to disable it rather than enable it for competitive reasons.)

i have firefox 2.0, other than "you must upgrade" it rocks. firefox 5.0 slower but scrolls fast, but still doesn't do some important web sites.

i tried firefox 20.0 TWENTY and i still get "your old upgrade", and while google maps works: i found a few sites now broken. (after making a 2.5G swapfile i only had .5G) it was easy but took hours to compile

i don't even like the idea of web browsers turn into a desktop within an app (and noting each browser emulates things in own code: it's a desktop within a desktop within a desktop)

i'll tell you what: running apps remote using X11 is a hell of allot faster, prettier, and easier !!

all i want is a minimal browser that allows "click and text entry" on major sites and that isn't broken with google maps (mpeg is a plus - but secondary)

compatibility and utility seems to be the last thing on any of these web freek list of thigns to do ?

i'm already shopping for a tablet or something to use only as a web browser (like i did buy a ps/2 years ago to use only to run games).

rediculous it takes a machine with more power than yesterdays high end multimedia machines to do far less multimedia these days. (ie, spending way more battery getting the same result possible as in the html2/flash days for really: the same content. layout a different way: but not BETTER, worse)

at one time hardware mpeg playback was simply placed on the browser to appear as if in the document.

today? assumes you have SSE and video card has no hardware mpeg (though it does, refuses to use unelss running on microsoft/apple OS), and plays the playback as a series of decrypted bitmaps

duh - they did that in the i386 / VGA days. i mean don't tell me they are doing a flip book again!!


i'm looking into waf today wondering if the following in the waf python script is a trojan horse - to ask anyone if they can figure out what the blob is...

(continues for several kilobytes - is obviously an obscured ?binary?)
Old 08-18-2015, 09:26 PM   #2
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Sorry. i reread the script, the blob is quite plainly t.bz2 which (after running configure), one can see the mystery files it extracts (more python foo)

maybe tell me what "sh foo | ps2img | awk '/398/{...}' > altered.img"

is so much worse than "python import imglibfoo ; read image; (#*&$# allot of py scripting) ; pyawking ; write > altered.img"

ok your right whatever !

have a nice day


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